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B&C: Local TV Puts Stations Up For Sale

Oak Hill Capital Partners is putting the Local TV station group up for sale, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Local TV owns or operates 21 stations, including WDAF in Kansas City, KDVR-KWGN in Denver, WJW in Cleveland and KTVI-KPLR in St. Louis. B&C reports staffers are being alerted to the sale and instructed “to go about their business as usual” until the process is completed, which may take up to a year.

Cleveland Anchor Wilma Smith Leaving WJW

WJW anchor Wilma Smith is leaving the Cleveland Fox affiliate, she announced on Monday evening’s newscasts.

“I’ve loved every second I’ve worked here at Fox 8, and I’ve been in your homes for more than 20 years now, but I have decided that I want to spend more time with my gift from God, my husband Tom,” Smith said. “So I have decided to retire from the station at the end of May.”

Smith’s departure will cap off a 35-year career, all of it spent anchoring in Cleveland. She worked at ABC affiliate WEWS for 17 years before joining WJW in 1995.

“There are strong mixed emotions here, as you might imagine,” WJW general manager Greg Easterly told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Wilma is a big part of this station, but while we’re sorry to see her go, we’re happy she’s going out on a high note and for reasons we certainly all understand.” Read more

Dick Goddard Returns to WJW After Knee Replacement Surgery

Dick Goddard, the legendary meteorologist for Cleveland FOX affiliate WJW, will return to the air tonight after being gone for five weeks.

Goddard, who turns 82 later this month, took time off to have knee replacement surgery. He is three months away from celebrating 52 years as a Cleveland TV weatherman.

His first on-air duty will be a segment about dog and cat adoption. He will resume his weather duties Monday at 6:00 p.m.

Goddard debuted on KYW, which is now WKYC, May 1, 1961.  He moved to WJW on 1966.

[Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Dennis Welsh Named General Manager at WFLD

Fox Television Stations has named Dennis Welsh the vice president and general manager of WFLD-WPWR, the Fox-owned stations in Chicago.

Welsh is a longtime Fox executive who has been general manager of WOFL-WOGX, the Fox-owned stations in Orlando, since 2010. He replaces Mike Renda, who has been named general manager of WJBK in Detroit.

After announcing Renda’s appointment in Detroit Friday morning, Renda returned to Chicago with Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy. The pair are announcing Welsh’s WFLD appointment to members of the station at 2:30pmET/1:30CT and are expected to address the newsroom later this afternoon.

“It’s a privilege to join a FOX duopoly that is home to top-rated syndicated brands, the Chicago Bears and an aggressive news team,” Welsh said in a statement. “The station has accomplished a great deal over the last few years but there is still much we can achieve and I can’t wait to get started.”

Before working in Orlando, Welsh spent eight years as vice president and director of sales for Dallas Fox O&O KDFW. He has also worked as vice president and director of sales for Fox Station Sales in New York and as VP-GM of WJW in Cleveland, which was owned by Fox when he worked there.

“Dennis brings an impressive range of sales and local news experience,” Abernethy said. “He has done a tremendous job in Orlando and I am confident his leadership will elevate FOX Chicago to the next level.”

Welsh will begin at WFLD on January 7. The release from Fox is after the jump. Read more

Fox General Manager Mike Renda Moves From Chicago to Detroit

Breaking: After three years as general manager of WFLD in Chicago, Mike Renda is jumping to another Fox O&O. Effective January 7, Renda will be the VP-GM at WJBK in Detroit.

Renda and Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy are announcing the news to the WJBK newsroom at 9:30amET. The pair are expected to travel to Chicago later today to announce who will succeed Renda at WFLD.

“I feel honored to have the opportunity to lead the #1 station in Detroit, known for its edgy, unconventional and hard-hitting news product,” Renda said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the station’s legacy of serving Detroit.”

Prior to working at WFLD, Renda spent two years as the VP-GM of WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia. He has also been VP-GM of WJW in Cleveland, which was owned by Fox when he worked there.

“Mike has proven his great leadership abilities at three FOX-owned stations over a fifteen-year tenure,” Abernethy said in a statement. “Regardless of the roles he’s held, he always inspires his team to be better, work smarter and think differently. There is no person better qualified to take charge of our premier Detroit station than him.”

Renda replaces Jeff Murri, who died in February.

Read the full release from Fox after the jump. Read more

WJW’s Stacey Frey Says She Has Breast Cancer: ‘You never think it’s going to happen to you’

WJW reporter Stacey Frey announced on the air this morning that she has been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.

“This will be my last day working at Fox 8 for a little while,” she said, sitting between her husband and her son on the WJW set (video above). “I discovered a lump a couple months ago, and it turns out that I have breast cancer.” Read more

Kathy Williams Named News Director at WTLV-WJXX

Kathy Williams has been named news director at WTLV-WJXX, Gannett’s duopoly in Jacksonville, Fla.

Williams has been interim news director at the stations since July, after Michael Garber left for WPTV-WFLX in West Palm Beach. She has also worked as news director at WKYC and WJW in Cleveland and KRIV in Houston.

“I am thrilled to rejoin Gannett in this important role and look forward to serving the Jacksonville television audience with the highest quality journalism we can produce,” Williams said in a statement.

Cleveland Station Fooled By Meat Loaf Impersonator

WJW, the Fox affiliate in Cleveland, recently reported on a local celebrity sighting, showing pictures of singer Meat Loaf stopping into a bar in neighboring Kent. There was just one problem, MoeZilla points out on Newsvine: the photos were of a Meat Loaf impersonator, not the singer himself.

“It was ‘paradise’ at a popular tavern down in Kent, Ohio this weekend,” the station reported on Tuesday’s morning newscast. “Meat Loaf making a surprise appearance at the Water Street Tavern on South Water Street.”

WJW went on to show photos of the impersonator posing with various fans and even photobombing one couple, noting the artist was in Kent “for the Folk Fest.”

Meat Loaf took to Facebook to set the record straight: Read more

Tony Rizzo Returns to WJW with New Show

Tony Rizzo, a familiar face to Cleveland sports fans, is back on WJW with a new show.

“We’re going to have some sports takes. We’re gonna have some gambling,” said Rizzo.  “We’re gonna do a little food and we’re gonna have a lot of fun.”

Rizzo, who left the Cleveland FOX affiliate 18 months ago for his top-rated morning radio show on Cleveland’s ESPN affiliate WKNR added, “I hope viewers recognize me.  It’s still the same me. I got re-married, I’ve been playing a lot of golf.”

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Former WJW Anchor Stacey Bell Hired at News 12 Long Island

Former WJW anchor Stacey Bell has been hired at News 12 Long Island, the station announced yesterday.

News 12 Networks president Patrick Dolan said in a statement he is “very confident Stacey will be a tremendous asset to our team.” She will anchor the weekday evening newscasts alongside Stone Grissom beginning this week.

Bell was an anchor at Cleveland Fox-affiliate WJW for 14 years before leaving the station in November. She relocated to New York with her husband, who recently accepted a job as the running back coach for the New York Jets.

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